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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator's Companion (Admin Companion)
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator's Companion (Admin Companion)
by Bill English
Edition: Paperback
Price: $43.81
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-Have Resource for SharePoint Architects, Admins, and Developers, May 30, 2011
This text is a must-have if you are responsible for architecting and implementing the infrastructure for a SharePoint 2010 farm large or small. It takes you through setting up your Windows and SQL servers, Web Front-End (WFE) servers, application servers, and more. It is also very useful for learning, setting up, and administering most of the SharePoint 2010 Server features.

In these 1150 pages you will find much of the deep conceptual, technical, and instructional material you need as a SharePoint 2010 professional. The included CD gives you a fully searchable eBook version, as well as sample scripts.

I chose this over "Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator's Pocket Consultant" (which appears to be an excellent resource as well) simply because this Administrator's Companion contained a bit more depth on many of the concepts that were important to me.


SharePoint 2010 Six-in-One
SharePoint 2010 Six-in-One
by Raymond Mitchell
Edition: Paperback
Price: $42.74
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and Wide Intro for the SharePoint 2010 Pro, May 30, 2011
This text introduces a wide range of SharePoint 2010 concepts and solutions. It is a great introductory text for the SharePoint 2010 professional. That is not to say this is a "beginner" text: It is quite practical, and offers good supplemental perspectives on the covered topics, even if you have an established SharePoint 2010 Pro library. As the back of the book states, "A team of experts shares the six most essential areas of SharePoint 2010."

The big six are: Branding, Development, Business Connectivity Services, Social Networking, Workflow, and Search.

If you are looking for a good and technical introduction to these top areas of SharePoint 2010, you'll be glad you have this title on hand. Once you are ready to go more in depth into an area, you'll be better equipped to do just that. Even then, you'll still want this book in reach.


Building a Server with FreeBSD 7
Building a Server with FreeBSD 7
by Bryan J. Hong
Edition: Paperback
Price: $25.55
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Step-by-Step Guide for the Real World, May 4, 2009
We recently made the move from Windows to Apple Leopard servers. Since we had great PC server hardware left over, we decided to go with the Unix closest to OS X: FreeBSD. There was a learning curve, but this and a few other books are getting us ahead.

While most books talk theory or are references, Hong's guide will give you exactly what you need and nothing you don't to get up to speed quickly with a real server. It's not tedious like your typical step-by-step guide. The format is very clear and you know exactly what you are supposed to do.

Most of the ports Hong includes will be helpful to any server configuration. Install what you need and leave off what you don't. These ports are among the most popular. In our case, most of them are what Apple is using in their Darwin/Leopard, so this guide has helped us create a complimentary server.

This is the most practical of the FreeBSD 7 books you need for your server and learning pleasure. When I was trying to decide between this one and Absolute FreeBSD: The Complete Guide to FreeBSD, 2nd Edition, I finally concluded I had to get both. That book is your theory while Building a Server is your field guide.


Confessions of a Reformission Rev.: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church (The Leadership Network Innovation)
Confessions of a Reformission Rev.: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church (The Leadership Network Innovation)
by Mark Driscoll
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.31
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humble, Raw Look at Mark's Ministry and Life, September 18, 2006
Mark Driskoll has helped fan a flame under me. I have yet to find another book that weaves together theology, practial lessons, and narrative the way Confessions does--there is no fluff here. I laughed with every inch of my gut on average of three times per page; it's just that gripping. I am lead church planter for a church in Fort Worth, and I have made this text required reading for my team. EVERYONE needs to read this if you care about the church in North America.


Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition
Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition
by Steve Krug
Edition: Paperback
Price: $24.45
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Title Says It All, September 15, 2006
I've read a lot on usability, and this is the single-best source I've seen. Every site designer and developer has to read this book. In fact, everyone on the decision food chain in your organization at least needs to be aware of what Krug teaches us. I will forever use usability testing often and early in the process now. Remember, it doesn't matter how cool your application or website is--if people can't use it, they will get frustrated and leave. Please--give us all a better experience!


Bulletproof Web Design: Improving flexibility and protecting against worst-case scenarios with XHTML and CSS
Bulletproof Web Design: Improving flexibility and protecting against worst-case scenarios with XHTML and CSS
by Dan Cederholm
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Title Says It All, September 15, 2006
Dan's book has been incredible in helping me built great UIs that truly are bulletproof. I'm currently working with a mega-church to design a completely new website, and Bulletproof stays on my desk as a terrific reference. I'm amazed at how easy writing clean code is and how bulletproof it really is. Something like a box with links that I used to build out of complex tables and sliced images (that would invariably break in certain conditions) can now be done with a couple of divs, a couple of images, and a few lines of CSS. Amazing! This is a must have book for all designers.


Stylin' with CSS: A Designer's Guide
Stylin' with CSS: A Designer's Guide
by Charles Wyke-Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: $27.31
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Straight-Forward, No Fluff, September 15, 2006
This book is an incredible guide to writing Web code the right way from the design side. Most websites are so poorly coded, and most texts I've used to make sense of using XHTML/CSS have fallen short. But Stylin' delivers real-world, extremely useful examples like the drop down menus. You will walk away from this book understanding clearly how to structure your pages with clean, standardized markup (XHTML) and how to style them perfectly across clients (CSS). Imagine (for example) a dynamic dropdown menu built solely from a super-clean ul list!

One note: as will all books of this nature, make sure you visit the author's website for the few bits of errata first! This will ensure a good experience, as he is very responsive to his readers.


The Coffeehouse Gospel: Sharing Your Faith Through Everday Conversation
The Coffeehouse Gospel: Sharing Your Faith Through Everday Conversation
by Matthew Paul Turner
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Christian Should Read This Book, March 26, 2006
Many so-called Christians think faith is all about themselves and God (individualists) or it's about being right and proving everyone else wrong (legalists) or it's what works for them since they think every road leads to heaven (postmodernists). But faith is about community--community with the Father, Son, Spirit, Church, and a hurting world that needs reconciliation.

I am a minister in churches of Christ and I am a huge fan of "coffeehouse ministries." So I bought this book thinking it would be about that. I quickly learned it is about more: (as the subtitle states) "sharing your faith in everyday conversation." The biggest struggle where I minister is getting people to know how (or even that they ought) to share their faith story with everyone around them. Turner challenges us to do just that in very practical ways that are relevant.

Turner is very open and honest in this very conversational book, saying things like "No calling on my life is more engaging and at the same time stressful than God's call for me to be His witness" (p. 5). It's all about being a witness in the way Jesus was. The various conversations with people he shares are great. And the exercises to help people know and share their own story with people are fantastic. I will be using this as a teaching tool.

One final theological note: when he (or anyone else) starts people down the "Romans Road" (which he uses as an example of basics to know), someone should remind him to stop at 6:3-11.


Transforming Culture: A Challenge for Christian Mission
Transforming Culture: A Challenge for Christian Mission
by Sherwood G. Lingenfelter
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.60
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading for Missions Students, January 12, 2003
This is a graduate-level missiology text. Lingenfelter offers some important theoretical insights into cross-cultural ministry. The ideas help the missionary to think critically about several areas of the target culture: social order; property; labor and productivity; generosity and exchange; authority and family; authority and community; disputes, conflicts, and communication; and transforming culture. This is important reading for missionaries; if you are in a graduate missions program, this will likely be a text for your worldview course.


NIV Study Bible: New International Version (Large Print Edition)
NIV Study Bible: New International Version (Large Print Edition)
by Kenneth Barker
Edition: Hardcover
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The NIV Reality, January 12, 2003
The notes of the NIV Study Bible are helpful for average Bible readers. The maps and time lines are also very helpful.
The NIV is one of a number of "dynamic equivalent" translations of the Holy Scriptures. There is no perfect translation, since translation is inherently interpretation, but the NIV does a pretty good job of bringing the Scriptures, originally written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine Greek, to modern English. I prefer the NRSV for more serious study, but the NIV is a great devotional Bible.
The King James Bible was the best in its day. In today's world, it is NOT closer to the original Scriptures as some think, but as its translators say in the forward, it is a revision of a revision and was meant to be improved upon as the English language evolved. That is what translations like the NIV and the NRSV attempt to accomplish. We have uncovered better Greek manuscripts now and understand the language better.


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